Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanksgiving - what are your eating goals?
Making Smart Choices on Thanksgiving -
"This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving, one of the most important eating days of the year. So here are a few choices to consider in your pursuit of a happy Thanksgiving.
Turkey: White Meat vs. Dark Meat
Turkey is the centerpiece of this holiday meal, and the dark meat has about 15 percent more calories than the white meat. A 3.5-ounce serving of turkey breast with skin has about 153 calories; dark meat with skin has about 182 calories.
Traditional Turkey Gravy vs. Cranberry Sauce
I thought for sure that cranberry sauce would be the winner, but gravy is the right choice. Per half-cup, cranberry sauce has 180 calories compared to only 80 calories for traditional turkey gravy.
Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie vs. Pecan Pie
The pumpkin pie is actually the best of the three, coming in at 270 calories per slice, but the apple pie is a close second at about 350. Pecan pie, however, is a dietary disaster at more than 700 calories. Whichever one you choose, definitely skip the whipped cream — it adds an extra 80 to 100 calories per serving. Oh, and if you add a scoop of vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream to make it "a la mode," tack on another 270 calories.
Candied Sweet Potatoes vs. Mashed Potatoes
I was hoping that the candied sweet potatoes would somehow turn out to be less fattening, but no luck. A cup of mashed potatoes has about 240 to 300 calories, depending on how much butter and what type of milk or cream you use. "
Okay - this is interesting, but are we really going to do this on Thanksgiving?
I mean I might want to eat like this, but realistically I don't think I will. Now this is just for me personally - I believe moderation is the key instead of denying yourself. I'm no diet expert, but I do think it's a good idea to eat a little bit of what you want. If you have to skip something - skip the Haagen-Dazs.
What are your eating 'goals' for this Thanksgiving?
Dale Carengie - Happy Birthday
American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
Carnegie was an early proponent of what is now called responsibility assumption.
Responsibility assumption is a doctrine in the personal growth field holding that each individual has substantial or total responsibility for the events and circumstances that befall them in their life.